The drafts were well over. Our lineups were set. Our job was done and it was finally time for the players we selected to suit up and get us a win! Yes the first full fantasy Sunday of 2018 is in the books. Never too early for a stock check. Let’s see which QBs and RBs are rising and falling?
3 on the Rise: Lots to Love in Washington
Heading upward look to none other than the entire Washington backfield. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson combined for 161 yards on 31 rushing attempts. Peterson had a long catch and run towards the end of the game and Thompson caught a pass for a TD earlier in the game. Also of note is that Thompson lined up as a receiver 7 times. If we learned anything from his time in Kansas City it’s when Alex Smith likes you then you are getting the ball.
Speaking of Smith he began 2018 the same way he did in 2017. A top 10 performance after being drafted well outside the top 12. Smith completed 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 24-6 road win over the Cardinals. Not exactly top tier numbers but numbers you can probably expect to see week in and week out this season.
(I’d like to give a quick endorsement to Austin Ekeler. He was much involved in the Chargers offense and not just a handcuff for Melvin Gordon)
3 Falling Fast
We also had a few week one duds. Now you might have said why are we putting so much faith in week one results? The reason is, we actually learned more this weekend than we did in the last four months of research before we drafted. Our reeducation started last Thursday night in Philadelphia and culminated Monday in Detroit.
Jay Ajayi had his name in the coaches mouth all last week. “Ajayi is our guy” said Coach Peterson and he will be a full go on Thursday night. I’m here to tell you not to let those two touchdowns fool you because the guy wasn’t even on the field for 40% of the snaps. Ajayi was out snapped by Darren Sproles. So that was just one more lie in a summer full of them by the Philadelphia coaching staff. It seems Doug Peterson is doing what he’s always done. RB by commitee and the guy you drafted to be your RB 2 is now a question mark each week.
In the same game we saw what might’ve been the worst performance from Matt Ryan since he was a rookie. I had high hopes as Ryan Seems to wait until year to assist him to get his game going. Well this is year two in Sarkissians system and he looks worse than last year. If you started Ryan this week then you have Julio Jones to thank for every point he got you. Ryan not only looked flustered in the pocket but was off base and then he throws that he is usually spot on with.
Even worse than Ryan‘s performance on Thursday was Matt Stafford on Monday night. . By halftime, Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they completely melted. Stafford completed 27 of 46 passes for 286 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in Monday night’s 48-17 loss to the Jets. All this against a team the Lions were expected to handle.
All 3 are questionable moving forward this year and sell candidates.